- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2020

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A drug task force says it’s taken more than 5,000 fentanyl pills off the streets in the largest seizure of its type in the Minot area.

The Ward County Narcotics Task Force says the fentanyl has a street value of $350,000. A 25-year-old Minot man has been arrested in the case.

Drug agents say there have been many overdoses and some deaths in the Minot area that are linked directly to fentanyl. Opiate users purchase drugs under the false pretense that they are buying heroin or oxycodone. Fentanyl can be 50 times more potent than heroin, they said.

The task force includes officers from the Minot Police Department, Ward County Sheriff’s Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Border Patrol.

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